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DAY TWENTY-SEVEN – SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2013

Erin Hopmann

How are you feeling about the project?
I’m simultaneously feeling awesome through writing every day… and excited that it’ll be over in a few days.

Through 30 Days, a lot of awesome has bubbled up, given us the confidence to move forward in a few directions we’ll be testing very soon (like, this week… if testing and all goes as planned). The combination of feedback and community support, the phenomenon of realizing what needs to be done only when really talking – or, writing – through your problems and airing your dirty laundry has been totally beneficial in our case.

A lot still remains to be seen, but we were at a very different spot four weeks ago than we are today.

Have there been other times when you’ve worried about Dabble’s fate?
Definitely. About a year ago around this time, we were on some shaky ground. We’d hired Rob, our developer, and had established a solid, growing team. But we were nearly out of money – and, as we’ve made known through this project, were not yet profitable. Thus, fundraising was essential if we wanted to keep on the same trajectory. Sound familiar?

We’ve also found ourselves in less-than-comfortable situations regarding tech talent. Our first full-time engineering hire was a year after we launched Dabble. We made it work, but there were many points where we really weren’t sure how we’d progress the product without a committed developer on the team, working alongside us day-by-day.

So it’s not altogether uncharted territory. The difference is having made significant, notable headway over the course of the last year,

DAY TWENTY-SEVEN – SEPTEMBER 21ST, 2013

Jess Lybeck

How do you feel about the project?
Good. We’re moving ridiculously fast – Frank is almost done with the homepage improvements. It’s going to make a big difference. I’m excited to put it in front of users and see what they think.

Also, Frank is a mad man. I spent a good chunk of my Saturday doing some testing of the new feature and caught a few bugs. He’s on top of them so quickly. It’s just great to see us all pulling together to make this happen.

Is this the first time you’ve worried about Dabble’s fate?
No, we’ve had a few “oh shit” moments in the past with Dabble. About a year ago, our bank account was dwindling and we had only a few commitments from investors. Just before we closed our second round of funding we had to ask our employees to wait on paychecks for a few weeks. I think most entrepreneurs have faced moments where they weren’t sure how things were going to turn out.

We’ve heard lots of stories from folks who were ready to give up and had a last minute breakthrough. You never know what can happen. Sometimes seemingly bad things end up helping in the long run. Sometimes good things turn out badly. What’s important is that you keep moving.

Odds & Ends
The last few weeks are a whirlwind. I can’t believe it’s t-minus a few days until the end of project (and just one week until my wedding). I’m feeling good and not really that stressed out about it. Maybe I’ve built up an impressive stress tolerance? Or maybe it’s because I’ve got some amazing people helping me. It’s good to have support in times like this.

 

We plan on answering different questions every day. Submit a question you’d like answered by emailing 30daysofhonesty (at) dabble.co.

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